Doctor shortages: Unpacking the ‘Cuban solution’

Chris Bateman


The programme which trains South Africans as doctors in Cuba will expand nearly tenfold for the next 5 years, pouring 1 000 undergraduates annually into our currently under-resourced local medical campuses from 2018 onwards. For the past 3 years, the annual output of Cuban-trained South Africans, ‘polished up’ in their final year at local medical schools, came to about 8% of the 1 300 graduates fully-trained locally. 

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Chris Bateman, HMPG

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medical training; Cuban training programme; doctor shortages

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South African Medical Journal 2013;103(9):603-605. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.7323

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Date submitted: 2013-07-30
Date published: 2013-08-06

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